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Dhaka at risk of dengue outbreak

  • Published at 08:38 pm July 31st, 2018
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Thousands of dengue cases have been reported so far this year in Bangladesh, resulting in the deaths of eight people in Dhaka, according to Directorate General of Health Services

After months of relative relief, a large part of the capital under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) is at risk of a dengue outbreak.

A survey has found that out of the 2,599 buildings and construction sites, aedes larvae had been found in 938 sites which are over one-third of houses and other structures.

Thousands of dengue cases have been reported so far this year in the country, resulting in the deaths of eight people in Dhaka, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Professor DrMeerjady Sabrina Flora emphasized on increasing awareness among people. “People need to be aware of dengue fever. If anyone is showing symptoms, they need to consult a doctor or visit the nearest health facility quickly, so that it can be identified at the early stages,” she said.

“Since 2000, we have seen cases of dengue fever in the country. There is a chance of having an outbreak for the second time, which is complicated and risky. City Corporations have already started their initiatives to control the outbreak and make the residents aware,” she added.

“These mosquitoes thrive in areas with stagnant water – puddles, water tanks, containers and old tyres. Lack of reliable sanitation and garbage collection also contribute to the spread of the mosquitoes. So, at the household level, people need to be aware of these issues, and keep their houses clean,” she suggested.

Mayor SayeedKhokon of DSCC earlier this week took an initiative for cleaner households and surroundings as part of preventive measures.

As part of the initiative, experts working with DSCC have been visiting dengue-prone areas in the city and informing people on how to destroy all potential breeding sites.